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|2 days 14 hours ago||I get it perfectly well.||
I get it perfectly well. Re-read my post.
I stated the process of change starts with intent. Intent implies a deliberate desire to change. Generating the desire to change is possible with some people. Not all people, but some. There are numerous testimonies from ex-alcoholics, ex-drug users, ex-abusers.
The post I responded to was making the case that we are programmed robots, reacting to internal decision processes beyond our control. I disagreed with that.
Nowhere did I imply that someone who has no desire to change -- your sociopath example -- will suddenly change, or can be made to change. But change is possible given a true and sincere desire to change.
|2 days 16 hours ago||The problem is Clark didn't||
The problem is Clark didn't have a choice
Completely disagree. People do have a choice; people can change. Even at the deepest level of anger in the moment. It's not necessarily easy, but it is possible. To achieve such change requires a deliberate intent to change, and then exercising the means of change.
I have some personal experience in this area. The change is slow and often painful. But it is possible.
I have compassion for Frank Clark and the spot he now finds himself in. But I do not believe for one moment that he was a helpless victim, swept along by an internal decision making machine over which he has no control.
|3 days 13 hours ago||The perfect weather for a||
The perfect weather for a football game, in my opinion. See my signature line.
(I went to a U of A game here in Tucson once ... 95 degrees at gametime. It wasn't right.)
But I agree with you ... if cold/wet, then empty seats. Lots of them.
|3 days 14 hours ago||I'll be home watching or||
I'll be home watching or listening to the game. After 40 years of following Michigan football it's a little hard to change.
This weekend is the "Tour de Tucson" -- a bicycle event where 9,000+ cyclists converge on Tucson and ride a 100 mile + course around the city. The roads are tied up every year for this event, and the best thing to do for a non-cyclist is to stay home and watch football.
Which is precisely what I am going to do.
|4 days 16 hours ago||it's obvious he can develop||
it's obvious he can develop other QB's
Serious question -- what makes you say that?
I ask because really good natural athletes do not necessarily translate to good coaches.
Does Brady have some history of grooming QBs that go on to other success? And do we know Brady had a hand in that grooming? I know Matt Cassell went on to have some success, but I'm not clear how much involvement Brady had in his grooming.
|5 days 11 hours ago||I drank my age of Stroh's at||
I drank my age of Stroh's at age 15 at my cousin's graduation party.
Puked my guts out in the women's bathroom of my grandmother's senior center.
Not sure whether to put :-) or :-( after that.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Not a hunter, though I can||
Not a hunter, though I can appreciate the sport and wish all who do hunt the best.
Down here in southern Arizona there are deer ... but they are smaller and gray. Get up in the higher elevations of Arizona and there's other deer and elk as well.
I have many fond memories of growing up in Michigan and hearing the sound of hunter gunfire in the distance. Cool, crisp late autumn days in Michigan are the best.
|1 week 1 day ago||If the first rule is to not||
If the first rule is to not allow rumors to circulate too long, then the second rule is to not say things to create rumors in the first place.
|1 week 2 days ago||The Boilermakers were||
The Boilermakers were becoming a formidable rival.
Those rat bastards beat Michigan in 1976, ruining a perfect regular season.
I will never forgive them. :-)
|1 week 2 days ago||Punch Cards||
If they did, it was a mainframe, and they probably had to use punchcards.
The original Twitter ... limited to 72 characters per card (the cards were 80 column, but 8 were reserved for control characters so 72 was what was available for programming).
The use of punched cards long ago faded away, but their legacy lives on -- there's still a lot of 72-column JCL (Job Control Language) and COBOL programs out there. Still running and doing their thing.
|1 week 2 days ago||1975 NW||
By the 4th quarter, there were plenty of seats.
I was there ... a gloriously miserable day for football. Cold, rainy, windy and wet.
I loved every minute of it. Stayed to the very end.
|1 week 5 days ago||Crash Davis: "Come on, meat,||
Crash Davis: "Come on, meat, show us that million-dollar arm, 'Cause I got a good idea about that five-cent head of yours!"
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||I like a good BBQ bologna||
I like a good BBQ bologna sandwich.
Admitting that may offend the foodies in the room ... but there it is.
I like SPAM, too. :-)
|2 weeks 13 hours ago||It can be a real issue, and||
It can be a real issue, and it's not isolated to just athletes.
Depending on how well a student has been prepared for college academics, the step from HS to college academics can be an eye opener. It was for me 35 years ago. I received nearly straight A's in high school, but I did not know at the time how soft my high school was. When I hit college everything quickened -- the pace, the expectations, the work needed. It took me a term and a half to get my head wrapped around it all.
Add to that the first taste of independence and freedom college freshman have and the temptation to party and do non-academic things. The combination can make mastering the "going to class" thing difficult. For athletes facing obligations of practice and training as well ... ooomph, I can imagine it's quite a shock.
More than a few college freshmen don't get the hang of it before the damage is done. For college athletes I'm sure there are people in the department to monitor and offer help where needed. For your average non-athlete freshman who thinks college is just like high school ... they're in for a shock.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I would think quickness is||
I would think quickness is the key ... particularly for short routes. Receiver runs route and defenders think the velocity is constant and defend as such. Then suddenly the receiver spurts and in one or two steps has 2 or 3 yards on someone. Bam ... with a properly timed ball that's a completion and yards.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||This is my interpretation as||
This is my interpretation as well.
Another way to look at this -- just because someone is a world-class sprinter does not necessarily make them a good receiver. A slower runner can be a better receiver by running the route crisply and getting momentary separation at the right moment.
Below a point of slowness no amount of route execution helps. Blow a point, slow is slow.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Muschamp is still toast, but||
Muschamp is still toast, but good to see the Gators playing well. Feeling good for my Florida buddy Eric.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Radio||
Listening on radio ... sounds meh ... how does the game look? The same?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I've seen the Java update||
I've seen the Java update redirect myself.
The bad gateway messages, the funky formatting ... those aren't so much a concern.
Being prompted to perform a Java update from a website that is *not* Oracle is another matter. Definitely something suspicious there.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||"It was Barzini all along."||
"It was Barzini all along." -- Vito Corleone.
|3 weeks 7 hours ago||This||
Three supremely hard-assed coaches all in the same conference and in the same division.
The forced smiles and the paper-thin cordiality before games would be great to watch.
Plus, the football would ratchet up a notch or two as all three of them would go into hyper-competitive mode and seek to do nothing other than beat the crap out of the others.
Great stuff. Bring it on.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||The mood here at Michigan is||
The mood here at Michigan is gray.
Harbaugh wore a gray shirt.
Connect the dots, dude. :-)
|3 weeks 2 days ago||A sure sign the lawyers have||
A sure sign the lawyers have taken the reins. There will be no comments from anyone until a very carefully crafted comment is ready to issue.
Large organizations are either run by finance, or they're run by lawyers. In some things the lawyers just take charge. Right now they're in charge. Silence is preferable to comment.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Also 55, and also have spent||
Also 55, and also have spent a lifetime in corporate America. Concur 100%.
It could be Brandon attends film reviews for no more malicious reason than he misses the game of football and enjoys being near the inner-workings. But his mere presence -- your point -- affects the outcome. The properly self-aware CEO would know this.
Or it could be Brandon attends to deliberately set course and direction ... which is far more damning. What coach -- other than one whose lifelong dream it was to coach Michigan -- would submit to that?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Getting to the top level is||
Getting to the top level is not for the weak or meek-minded. It's a cut-throat business, whether a pizza company or a major university.
That kind of environment tends to favor the aggressive. But aggressive and arrogant are not the same thing. It is quite possible to be aggressive and maintain professional decorum at the same time. Some of the most effective leaders I've seen are very measured in their responses.
That said, the aggressive and arrogant do get through. They tend to get their come-uppance eventually. Top-level people have enemies; the good top-level people minimize the ammunition they give to their enemies.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, well put. There's||
Yes, well put.
There's nothing wrong with devotion to a storied legacy. But it can be taken too far.
The football tradition of Bo and the 1970's is not coming back. Those are bygone days, just like Bennie Oosterbaan's 1949 Wolverines was a bygone era to Schembechler in 1969. Just like Yost's days were bygone to Oosterbaan.
Michigan should have its trophy cases. It should pay proper homage to the past.
Then it should move into the present and look to the future. Not live in the past.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Reading that has made me more||
Reading that has made me more depressed than I already was about this team.
Nussmeier spoke words that add up to ... nothing.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||My point -- not well made, I||
My point -- not well made, I admit -- was this: this is more than Ross simply getting out of the way. Ross knows what's going to happen and when, despite statements to the contrary. This is a deliberately engineered story designed to disconnect Ross's name from the events Ross knows are going to take place, and disconnect Ross's name from future discussions about coaches or ADs.
This is not Ross throwing Brandon under the bus, or stabbing him in the back ... it's Ross doing what smart billionaires do, which is make sure their name is associated with good things and not associated with bad things. And it's never managed carelessly. It's always managed with deliberate intent.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||This is Ross pre-emptively||
This is Ross pre-emptively removing himself from the Brandon dismissal discussion.
|4 weeks 8 hours ago||S&C coaches are all over the||
S&C coaches are all over the map on this subject.
If the evidence was clearly in favor of the benefits of "Myofascial release techniques, trigger point therapy, and other methods of tension reduction" then I would think the S&C community would move in that direction.
It makes me wonder if the evidence is not quite so clear. Hence the observation that S&C coaches are all over the map.
I'm not trying to be a contrarian dick here ... it's an honest question. S&C coaches are like anyone in a competitive environment -- they seek anything to stay competitive or become more competitive. If the benefits of tension release were so obvious, I can't see why any S&C coach would hesitate to employ them. Unless the argument being made here is that Wellman and others are stubbornly clinging to past ideas despite clear evidence to the contrary.
That would explain Wellman and Michigan ... but what about others on the map that are in the same neighborhood?